Copies of the Livermore Falls Advertiser from the first half of 75 years ago are not available. Information from 50 and 25 years ago will be shared here.

50 years ago    

At the Fayette Budget Meeting recommendations were made for the consideration of the townspeople at their annual Town Meeting to be held at Starling Grange Hall on Saturday, March 2. Fayette’s share of incurred expenses for schools for 1968 is reckoned at $37,527.50, an increase of $6,237.42 over last year’s appropriation.

The selectmen then presented the following recommendations for consideration.

Salaries for Treasurer $450, Selectmen $400 each, Bookkeeper $350. Recommended for Contingent Fund $2,200,; Support of Poor $400; Aid to Dependent Children $400; Public Health Nurse $70; Local Health Officer $50; Mental Health Clinic $50; Town Roads and Bridges $4,500; for Lewis Parker Road $500; Watson Heights Road $1,000; Fayette Ridge Road $1,000; Sandy River Road $1,000′ State Aid Road $1,066 to be taken from Excise Tax Receipts.

The members of the VFW and their guests celebrated their tenth anniversary on Sunday night with a roast beef dinner.


The Androscoggin Mill of International Paper Company in Jay has won the 50th Anniversary Safety Year Award Contest in the Company’s Northern Division and the Otis Mill, at Chisholm, has placed second according to a recent announcement from Division Headquarters in Glens Falls, New York.

The Northern Division’s formal safety program was initiated in 1917, and the 1967 program was a commemorative one featuring safety slogan contests and other special promotional programs to attract interest to the divisional contest.

In light of the fact that Androscoggin Mill has been under construction during 1967 and the hazards were  thereby greater, the award is all the more significant.

Unfortunately, there seems to be a surplus of notices of hospitalized residents from the local area this time of year. Perhaps each week as spring draws closer this list will grow shorter.

25 years ago    

The parent company of Otis Specialty Papers, Inc. will be merged with a North Carolina company in March.


It is unknown if this will have any effect on the plant here.

Efforts to contact Otis President Charles Miller failed.

Eric Priestley, president and chief executive officer of Rexham, Inc. said that the merger will include the subsidiaries of Specialty Coating International Inc. Rexham Inc. is the United States subsidiary of Bowater Plc., with headquarters in London.

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that there will not be another election at International Paper, and has overruled the Unions’ objections to the decertification vote.

Union lawyer Jeffrey Neil Young said that they will appeal the decision to the regional director.

If that is not successful, they will appeal the decision to Washington, D.C.


For the second time in five days, the local area received another significant snowfall.

Early Wednesday morning, local residents awoke to find another 12 inches of snow on the ground, and some areas, 14 inches. There were reports of 18 inches in northern Franklin County, with snow drifts as high as cars.

road crews from both Jay and Livermore Falls worked the entire night to clear the roads.

A decision was made to survey the three towns in the district and Jay to determine the interest in a regional high school by the School Administrative District 36 School Board

Superintendents of both systems will work out the best method for distribution of the survey as well as its wording.

While a variety of issues were discussed at the joint subcommittee meeting recently, there had been much discussion on the financial impact that any collaborative efforts would have on Jay.


At the joint board meeting last month, 28 areas were identified as possible for collaboration by the two systems. The boards were surveyed and came up with five top priority items.

At the top of the list was coordinating the schedules of both high schools and shared advance placement and language courses. The other three were mutual study of joint building projects, sharing personnel and teacher exchange for a semester.

Livermore Solid Waste Board Chairman Clarence Gordon has been studying the value of recyclables and has concluded that there is very little profit in them.

He gave the board copies of a chart that he had compiled on the glass, plastic and tin cans that were recycled by the town in 1992.

It was apparent that the recycling saved money by keeping these products out of the waste stream, but there is little money to be made from these items.

The Jay girls Nordic ski team placed three girls in the top 10 to give them a four point win over Yarmouth to capture the Class C State Championship Friday.


Jay’s Ryan Birmingham nailed a 15 foot jump shot at the buzzer to beat Erskine Academy 45-44 Monday night.

Trailing by one point, with just six seconds left to play, Wayne Richards found a wide open Birmingham, and the shot hit nothing but net.

With the win Jay will play Winthrop, who set a tournament record for most points in a game with 104, Thursday night at 9 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center.

Compiled by Pam Harnden

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